How to remove channel recommendations permanently on YouTube

20 responses

  1. marius t
    April 17, 2014

    Or we can always delete the cookies for youtube,but then al youtube settings won’t stick,witch is annoying,especially when using youtube center script!

  2. Dave
    April 17, 2014

    youtube is a mess. the comment system sucks and the interface is horrid… i use it everyday and am punished by it all the time. i wonder who in Google decides this – he clearly needs to get fired!

  3. Pants
    April 17, 2014

    Or you could just remove the offending element in with a user style (Stylish) or Script (Greasemonkey) .. or any other such fork. I don’t have a YT account, I do not allow YT cookies, and I know not what or where this “What to Watch” page is, so I haven’t had a look at the element, but it shouldn’t be hard to slap a block on it, or at a bare minimum assign a display:none to it.

  4. PhoneyVirus
    April 19, 2014

    @Dave Your definitely right on that one, If Google stop changing everything once a week it would be okay. There was a time were I was going to move all my email over to Outlook because of this crap, and that’s exactly why I give up on Google services. Email and a place to load pictures for my little blog that’s it.

    Thanks for the little Tutorial Martin.

  5. dasmonsta
    April 20, 2014

    God damn I hate youtube now, we should not have to do this or have stupid ass recommendations that I clearly dont watch or like. they fucked up everything with the new style.

    • Dick Longenhard
      October 18, 2014

      I don’t think Google understands the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

  6. JJ
    April 29, 2014

    This fix does not seem to work now on Win7 Pro.
    There is no little flag icon in the lower left corner anymore.
    Apparently utube took it away.
    I have tried this trick a hundred times I swear and I can not find the little flag icon in the lower left corner, or any other place on the screen.

    Maybe I just am doing it wrong.
    If someone can be a little more clear about how to find the elusive flag icon it would be very much appreciated.

    • Martin Brinkmann
      April 29, 2014

      The flag icon is displayed on the left side. Depending on how much content is available on the about page, it may be displayed near the top left, or the bottom left corner on that screen.

      Are you signed in while you look at the page?

  7. Albin
    July 13, 2014

    I found a fix for the “recommended” boxes at the top of What to Watch – thanks to a couple of YouTube vids:

    Go to History
    Clear All Watch History
    Pause Watch History
    Reload

    That seems to leave only my subscriptions at the top of the page – Now to get rid of the “Popular” junk that is suddenly piled up at the bottom of the page. I am trying the new Adblock Plus feature here:

    https://adblockplus.org/blog/pure-youtube-video-experience

    Can’t recommend it yet.

    • Friend
      October 19, 2014

      Thanks for this!! Thanks A LOT for it!

  8. bata
    August 27, 2014

    As well as others who ended up here looking for a way to remove that intrusive feature You Tube has brought in, I did tried to follow procedure described above. It worked….until i used CCleaner ( as a regular weekly procedure ). It made my blood pressure boiled, literary. Like, why would I like to watch some wannabe`s singers and belly dancers, some idiotic gamers, who`s life seems to be depending on a number of “likes” !!!?? To make one thing clear, I got nothing against it, just not my type of entertainment. Before this I`ve found a solution that ended this and it was based on a script that blocked this feature. Unfortunately, it lasted just few days after which YouTube prevailed :( . In my opinion, this latest invention will be hard to get rid of, simply because it`s about advertising… or $$$$$$$$ ( lots of it ) to be exact, right ? If anyone comes with permanent solution for this, believe me I`ll be first in line.

    PS. Ad Block Plus does not work after these changes ( you`ll get whole page blank as someone mentioned it before ).

  9. easy
    August 28, 2014

    Here’s how do you remove the channel recommdation. You go to “My Subscriptions” page which link is next to “What to watch” on the top of home page, then you’ll see a list of “Recommended channels” on your right hand of the page. Put your mouse on anyone of those channels with out clicking, you’ll see a small cross mark just next to the right of the name of channel. Click the cross, then that channel will not shown on your “What to watch” page.

    • Rika-chama
      September 7, 2014

      the crappy thing about that is you have to actually, do EACH ONE INDIVIDUALLY and WHO KNOWS if it will ever completely work.

      The MAIN issue is that google is NOT interested in giving us what we want. Google is interested in making sh1ttons of money off of ads and recommended clickings. Somebody developing some sort of greasemonkey script is probably the best recourse we’ll have, because, like I said before. Google isn’t interested in giving us what we want (unless of course, what we ‘want’ is more advertising)…

      /cynicism

  10. sdfsd
    September 20, 2014

    Blocking someone on youtube NEVER worked.
    Whoever wrote this article, clearly just saw the block function, and just assumes that it works…
    I am looking for a way to actually block people on youtube for YEARS!
    But the only ways, involve weird tools, that basically opens your computer to every kind of harmfull stuff.

  11. Rahul Patil
    September 26, 2014
  12. Evv
    October 6, 2014

    D’oh! I was happy thinking it worked. 10 minutes later: This doesn’t work! The block feature is only to keep the user from harassing you. Stupid Youtube still recommends the stinky channel’s videos.

    I almost exclusively use the “recommended” page because it shows me stuff I’ll probably like, without having to try and find it myself. But there’s a few channels that are just HORRIBLE, and some days I log in and see 5 videos from the same crappy channel no matter how much I “dislike” it. So sad.

    • Rahul Patil
      October 7, 2014

      hey….u can also Block channels & so there is no problem from videos of particular channels ! try it :)

  13. me
    December 3, 2014

    thanks,i came here to figure out how to hide pewdiepie hahahaha

  14. Rift
    December 7, 2014

    Poor PewDiePie, over 30 million subscribers, yet nobody seems to like him (that’s exactly what I was trying to block when I found this page, also).

    • Martin Brinkmann
      December 7, 2014

      I guess you either like him or you don’t. There does not seem to be any middle ground.

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